China has filed a World Trade Organisation case challenging subsidies provided by some EU members to promote the solar panel industry, adding to a flurry of trade disputes that Beijing is locked in with Europe and the US. China is requesting a consultation at the WTO on the issue and accuses some EU countries of providing subsidies for power generated by solar facilities in which the main components are manufactured in European countries. It is said such subsidies "seriously damaged China's photovoltaic exports".

The statement did not specify which countries are being targeted in the WTO case, but the official News Agency cited a Commerce Ministry official as saying that Italy and Greece provide such subsidies for projects using EU-produced solar equipment.